Teaching English in Balikpapan

Teaching English in Balikpapan is a great way to explore the beautiful Indonesian island of Borneo and enjoy a fulfilling job overseas.

Balikpapan is a port city on the East coast of the island of Borneo, and is the second largest city in Indonesian-administered Kalimantan, after Samarinda.

Balikpapan is widely recognised as being one of the easiest cities to live in Indonesia. According to the Indonesian Most Livable City Index, which measures 27 indicators every 2 years, Balikpapan was found to be Indonesia’s most livable city in 2009, 2011 and most recently in 2013. As part of the Earth Hour City Challenge, the city of Balikpapan was recognized as Indonesia’s Most Loveable City in 2015. Despite being widely known for its oil and gas industry; residents of Balikpapan enjoy a relatively high quality of life, thanks to a healthy mix of modern conveniences and environmental preservation. Large parks are located throughout the city, and there is a botanical garden to rival Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, and a multitude of malls cater to consumers. While teaching English in Balikpapan, you will be able to travel, explore and enjoy life on one of the world’s most breathtaking islands.

City Statistics

  • Population:  700,000
  • Transportation: International airport, taxis, minibuses (angkot), river boat taxis, and motorcycle taxis (ojek) are all cheap ways to get around town
  • Language: Bahasa Indonesia and English
  • Climate: Tropical rainforest climate average temperatures of 26°C
  • EF Balikpapan Flagship school opened in 2003

What Makes Balikpapan Unique?

  • Nature tourism – There are wildlife exhibitions such as the Samboja Lestari, an Orangutan Conservancy, a sun bear sanctuary and a crocodile breeding Park in Lamaru.
  • Balikpapan Botanical Garden – The first Botanical Garden in Kalimantan, it was designed as a part of the Wain River Conservation Forest. It has a total area of 10,000 hectares and is populated with a variety of wildlife endemic to Kalimantan including orangutans, sun bears, deer, and several species of birds.
  • The most livable city in Indonesia – Balikpapan has been named Indonesia’s most livable city three times – in 2009, 2011 and 2013. It has a thriving industry, booming economy and all manner of modern conveniences from leafy green parks to bustling shopping malls.
  • Beaches – Manggar Beach, Segara Beach, Monument Beach, Kemala Beach and Brigade Mobile Beach are all located nearby to Balikpapan and make for enticing day trips or weekend getaways.
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